Nuggets of Wisdom

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This Week In Review (12/11/2011)

An 84-year-old woman claims to have been strip-searched at the JFK International Airport. During the week, two other elderly women also claimed to have been subjected to strip searches. The Transportation Security Administration has thus far denied such claims. Personally, I don’t know whether or not these women were strip-searched or not, but considering how the TSA has been infamous for blatantly violating our right to privacy for the sake of security, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were true. If they can force passengers to undergo virtual strip searches, they can force them to undergo real strip searches.
Rick Perry released a YouTube political ad declaring that he will “end Obama's war on religion.” (Of course, by religion, he means the Jesus religion, not the scary Allah religion.) And Obama has indeed been relentless with his liberal attacks against our religious heritage by…um…uh…well, he forgot to mention God in his Thanksgiving statement (as did Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum—but they’re not secret Muslims from Kenya!) The video has thus far received over 17 thousand dislikes.
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) claimed that President Barack Obama was the one who requested the indefinite military detention provision in the National Defense Authorization Act. Really? You mean to tell me that same Barack Obama who authorized the assassination of an American citizen outside a battlefield and who has repeatedly extended the blatantly unconstitutional Patriot Act which allows for warrantless wiretaps also requested the provision allowing military to detain American citizens indefinitely without charge or trial? Huh. Go figure!
Los Angeles voted to end “corporate personhood.” During a City Council Tuesday, the city voted to implement more regulations dictating how much corporations and other special interest groups can contribute to political campaigns, including legislation that would end “corporate personhood.” The vote is mostly symbolic, and therefore does not have authority behind it. As for my opinion, I’m not fully sure. While I agree that special interest groups have hijacked the political process for far too long, thus demanding much needed campaign finance reform, I’m just not sure about revoking corporate personhood. After all, it’s corporate personhood that allows corporations to be taxed and sued. Revoke corporate personhood, and you remove all taxes on corporations, along with their liability. Again, I’m not fully sure about this.
Donald Trump has considered canceling his GOP presidential debate. The millionaire and former presidential candidate was going to host his own debate, but after most of the candidates (save Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum) refused to attend, he has since reconsidered holding it. Had the debate commenced as planned, it would have been American politics jumping the shark. (Scratch that! American politics already jumped the shark episodes ago!) At this point, there is not integrity left in our politics. Everything in our culture is nothing less than bread and circuses meant to entertain and delude the masses while the elites reign over them.
President Barack Obama supported the decision not to allow the sale of overt-the-counter contraceptives to teenagers without their parents consent. Really? You mean to tell me that underage minors need permission from their parents or legal guardians in order to buy something like contraception? Do tell! Next you’ll be telling me they need parental permission in order to get their ears pierced or watch an R-rated movie.